At times it seems as if high level Air Force leaders are 100% disconnected from the rest of the world. The newest "buzz" is the change from referencing individual Air Force members as 'troops' to 'airman.' About eight years ago there was an "official" battle-cry change from "hua!" to "airpower!" Of course, most of us laughed at this, how fucking cheesy can you get? The Air Force tells us to be proud of Air Force history. But at the same time it seems as if Air Force leadership is doing everything it can to make us as much not like the Army as possible. Maybe somebody needs to remind leadership that the Air Force was created by the Army, and we're here to support the Army. Through the years the Air Force has taken on unique missions, but in the end wars are won by the guys on the ground, it's the guys in the air who support them. Anyway, I digress... This change from 'troops' to 'airman' is equally misguided. It seems as though the Air Force is attempting to find a title of honor for it's members, much like members of the Army are typically referred to as 'soldiers' and those in the Marine Corps are 'marines.' The #1 problem with this change is that in the Marine Corps, the rank of E-1 is not "marine basic" and E-2 through E-4 are also not referred to as "marine first class" or "senior marine" or whatever. Psychologically members of the Marine Corps do not have to separate the junior enlisted 'marine' title from the NCO and officer ranks. In the Air Force when you say 'airman' you typically think "crusty, wet behind the ears punk." In other, smaller circles you might actually think of a flier, but this is the minority. It's always going to be this way until the Air Force changes the names of the E-1 through E-4 ranks. No sergeant, chief, leutenant, colonel, or whatever is going to answer to somebody who calls them an 'airman.'